United expands presence in international markets with new routes

Teresa Cederholm - Author

Nov. 27 2019, Updated 3:59 p.m. ET

Four new Pacific region routes

In the previous article, we saw that United’s capacity growth is concentrated in the Pacific and Latin American markets. United has the most extensive Pacific service compared to all other US airlines, according to the airline’s management. ETFs such as the iShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT) and the SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (XTN) hold stocks in some of the top US airlines, including Delta (DAL), United (UAL), American (AAL), Southwest (LUV), and JetBlue (JBLU).

The following planned routes will expand United’s service in the Pacific market:

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Los Angeles to Melbourne

United added six weekly trips from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, with its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This stretch version of the 787 holds 252 passengers, with United serving as the North American launch customer for the aircraft. According to its management, United operates flights to more destinations in Australia than any other US carrier. It offers daily flights from its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs to Sydney and Melbourne, as well as weekly service to Cairns from Guam.

San Francisco to Tokyo

United added new daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport and already offers service to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from its hubs. According to United’s management, its San Francisco hub offers more nonstop transpacific service than any other hub in the US.

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Guam to Seoul and Shanghai

United added daily service from Guam to Seoul, South Korea, and weekly service from Guam to Shanghai, which will be its first nonstop route from Guam to mainland China.

Additional new routes

In addition to its new routes to the Pacific market, United also introduced international routes from Houston to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and from Newark to London, Ontario, in Canada. Domestic routes added during the quarter include Denver to Lafayette, Louisiana, and Hays, Kansas. New Houston routes serve Boise, Idaho, and Williston, North Dakota, apart from other seasonal scheduled routes.


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